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1036  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Valkyria Chronicles 3 Confirmed for The PSP on: November 10, 2010, 12:15:57 PM
Here's a gameplay vid from GT (there are a few more floating around the site):
http://www.gametrailers.com/video/japanese-demo-valkyria-chronicles/707318

Wow...it looks like they pretty much are rushing out the same game as VC II with some minor improvements to the graphics and better character design. Which probably means it's going to be as bad as VC II; insultingly broken AI that's either way too easy, cheatingly-hard, or plot-shielded impossible.

The only way I might give this a try is if they have much better writing for the characters and plot, if they've chucked out the "bouncing cutouts" style of dialog, and/or if they have a better character development system that doesn't feel like a poor man's Persona 3-4.

But considering how quickly this one was shoved out the gates on the heels of VC II...I have serious doubts mechanical improvements were made. :-/
1037  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Z.H.P: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman on: November 08, 2010, 07:33:11 PM
*whistles* This game keeps impressing me more and more as I play it. I really hope this gets the Disgaea treatment where we see future sequels down the road. Two things I have to note:

-Reckless Cop Dangerama has an awesome design. I hope we see cameos of him in future NIS titles.

-The Cosplay system is...brilliant. I'm amazed we haven't had any other games do this before.
1038  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3 on: November 05, 2010, 12:53:11 AM
I hope Mega man Legends 3 is still gonna happen now :(

What? Because Inafune left? It's still happening if you'll go look over the blog. Honestly I think it's the best thing that could happen for the game.
1039  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Z.H.P: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman on: November 04, 2010, 10:35:45 PM
A bit into chapter 3 and so far I'm really liking the gameplay. The only complaint I have is your gear breaks down too fast and you don't get that much money to pay the hefty repair costs. :-/ So I haven't been able to try the weapon fusion systems or much of anything else because it costs nearly 2-4 times what I make in a dungeon to repair all my gear. (I know you're supposed to cycle through it more often but I really, really like my Rocket Punches. XD )
1040  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Triggers and Crosses, the wonderful and horrible universe of the Chrono series. on: November 04, 2010, 10:33:32 PM
Maybe I'm mistaken then and only every game I play on my tv is pixilated.

Lol, lemme elaborate. When I say "pixelated" I don't mean like Disgaea 1, 2, or any NISA game pixelated; I don't mean MSDOS game on a Windows 95 computer pixelated...I mean I can see ever pixel and someone attacked it with a blur tool...twice.

@Mickeymac92: I'm not sure on the whole ratio thing but it's one of the cheaper HD models. Only about I'd say 1 and a half to 2 foot wide screen.
1041  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Triggers and Crosses, the wonderful and horrible universe of the Chrono series. on: November 04, 2010, 06:56:26 PM
Really? I bought an SNES a while back and played some vintage games on it. The problem I'm having not didn't exist then. Parasite Eve and my Final Fantasy titles don't do this either. Just Chrono Cross. :-/
1042  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Triggers and Crosses, the wonderful and horrible universe of the Chrono series. on: November 04, 2010, 05:52:50 PM
Just picked up CC the other day and am re-experiencing it. Gotta ask though...is this game supposed to look this horrific on an HD TV? I don't remember it being quite this pixelated or the text being quite unreadable in some areas. Best I can figure is the High Definition TV is making each pixel stand out like a grainy splotch.
1043  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Z.H.P: Unlosing Ranger vs. Darkdeath Evilman on: November 03, 2010, 10:57:52 PM
Kinda surprised I haven't seen a topic for this float around before. Just picked it up today and have put a little bit of time into it. Not past the first couple of stages yet but so far I'm liking the typical NISA humor and the game play mechanics are pretty decent. It looks like a dungeon crawler I can actually sit through without getting bored. XD

What do other people think of this title so far?
1044  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: gamestop just got alot of semi hard to find ps2 games on: October 28, 2010, 10:44:37 PM
Heh, people should really start shopping  at places like Vintage Stock or Game Xchange. These places often have these "semi-rare" games in stock on a regular basis. Heck every other time I visit my local branch I see either a copy of Lunar or Lunar 2 with the Complete Box intact just to give you an example of their typical inventory.
1045  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fable III..... on: October 27, 2010, 09:26:41 PM
Err...how it ends? I haven't seen the ending yet. I can't spoil something I haven't seen. XD *shrugs* Ah well, hardly matters. It's been black boxed so all's well.
1046  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fable III..... on: October 27, 2010, 09:11:02 PM
That has nothing to do with it. "Not being easy" would be having to go on a long string of hard side quests to find another way to beat the foe without an army. "Not easy" would be having to play Lute Hero for and hour straight while maintaining a Chain 10 combo to make all the funds. "Not easy" would be having to go around and ask people for donations in a similar manner to how I became King in the first place.

This is neither easy, medium, or difficult. This is boring. I pay money for a game under the assumption that I can play it. What kind of game do you pay for just to sit and not play it for hours on end? XP

@Eusis: Actually my definition is on par with gaming reviews for Fable III. I didn't reveal anything that hasn't already been revealed in online video reviews.
1047  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fable III..... on: October 27, 2010, 08:36:54 PM
Ugh, this game really kicks you in the balls for trying to be "good" doesn't it? I've hit a snag on my play through that's going to force me to literally leave the game running while not playing it for hours.

*minor mechanical spoilers* MAJOR SPOILERS

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Alright, so get this. Once you become King of Albion you basically have to chose "Be Good" or "Be a Douche" with your choices. Being "evil" ensures you
get gold in order to survive against the lords of darkness while "being good" bankrupts you and pretty much ensures the population will be wiped out
to a person unless you personally pay the army funds...which is 6.5 Million gold. This isn't counting the hundreds of thousands of gold you'll lose making the "good" decisions.

So in order to be "good" and still save Albion you have to pay the bill yourself. The jobs don't provide nearly enough payout to accomplish
this in any reasonable time period so you have to rely on buying houses/businesses and letting them fill your coffers. But even still that
takes an unreasonable amount of time. I've bought nearly everything except the crappy houses in the Industrial section and have their
rates at "Average" (as I'm trying to be "good" here) and I'm making roughly 80-90K every 5 minutes.

That's 960K an hour. In order to meet the 6.5 million goal (again, not counting what is likely to be millions in expenses to be "good")
I'm going to have to let the game sit idle, aside from tapping the pad every couple of minutes to make sure it doesn't auto-pause
 from controller shutdown...[b]for nearly 7 FREAKING HOURS MINIMUM![/b]

That...is bull crap. Sure I don't expect life on the throne to be easily if I want to remain "good"...but this isn't hard. This is mind numbing.
This is BALLS! (Play the game, you'll get that last bit. XD )
1048  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fable III..... on: October 26, 2010, 07:51:41 PM
I'm probably no where near as far as Danku but I have to say so far Fable III trumps Fallout NV in my books. The world is gorgeous and I find myself being impressed by it as a whole even more than FNV's Strip. The combat, while simple, is rather fun and offers a nice bit of variety. The dialog is down right hilarious and I love that not even 10 minutes into the game I'm already having some very "grey area" choices thrown at me when it comes to morality. Hell this game scores points because it allowed me the option of not choosing the greater of the two evils (you'll understand what I mean when events at the castle at the game's beginning come to a head) and has still left me the player questioning if I really did the right thing.

My only complaint is the "leveling system". Everything in this game is governed by "Guild Seal" points. Every time a gauge on the top left part of your screen fills up you get a point. Mostly this is done via combat and completing quests/storyline events. There is also another way to get GS points, which I will address here in a moment as it's the crux of my complaint.

Now, instead of finding powers in the world or upgrading your weapons directly you purchase these things with the GS points at a special area. But literally everything is tied to this system. Want more character interaction options? Buy them with GS. Want better job pay rates? Buy that with GS. Want a bigger sword/hammer? Buy that with GS. Want new spells? GS. Want to dye your hair purple? (Not kidding here.) GS.

And here's the rub...GS isn't an unlimited currency. GS gained from battles is relatively tiny and quests are also relatively low for a game like this. So here's where the final way to get GS comes into play...the first time you meet an NPC you can perform one of your social actions for a single GS point. There are literally hundreds of the NPCs in the game and depending on the social action you can spend anywhere from 3-7 seconds holding down the A button and an additional 3-7 seconds watching the tail end of the action play out before canceling the dialog.

So if you want say...120 extra points to unlock that Level 4 Upgrade of your Ranged and Magic skill (as the story/quests will not cover everything as it becomes avaliable). You need to spend, at maximum if you're unlucky (the game randomly chooses the social emote for you) 28 minutes just watching your character do the jig with another NPC and enduring the same random grunts and awkward poses. That isn't counting the time taken to hunt these buggers down to begin with and this is a relatively low amount of points for what isn't even the highest tier unlocks.

It's an intolerable grind. I've played some MMOs with more tolerable grinds for lesser rewards. XP Maybe I'm being impatient but I really don't want to spend over an hour hunting down and tickling every peasant in Albion so the Lute Hero job (which is a nice parody IMO) pays enough for me to start grinding it to buy some nicer houses.
1049  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fable III..... on: October 26, 2010, 09:50:41 AM
Luckily for you lot I've never really gotten to experience the first two. So I can provide some feedback from an un-biased angle. XD About to go get my copy in a few hours and will be playing it all afternoon (turns out I managed to scrape up enough cash to get it and FNV). I'll give some feedback later tonight.
1050  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout New Vegas on: October 25, 2010, 06:57:34 PM
Y'know I have to wonder exactly how much testing the game was put through. :-/ The balance on everything is screwy. I finally got tired of dying because my more "Damaging" weapons weren't doing squat and instead whipped out the Re-barb melee weapon and started swinging wildly. Explain how having 50 points in Energy Weapons, 8 Perception, and a Plasma weapon with a Damage near 30 hardly scratched anything after multiple shots with VATS; while swinging a 22 Damage melee weapon, without VATS, a Strength of 6 and only 16 points in the Unarmed skill does far better damage and to multiple opponents?

Sense this game's stat systems do not make. XP
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